At 6 feet 8 and 285 pounds, Andrew Albers could move whoever lined up against him. His size is what gave him a chance to join the University of Utah football program.
While his senior classmates at Costa Mesa High wrapped up their spring, Albers spent it with the Utes. Everything appeared to be going well during spring ball. Frank, Albers' father, said his son was getting stronger and bigger.
Despite the growth, Albers decided to step back from the game. Rather than move defenders around, Albers now wants to move kids in the right direction as a youth pastor.
Albers said he has walked away from a preferred walk-on spot with the Utes. He said his reasons for leaving Utah took the Utes' coaching staff, former high school coaches and teammates, friends and family members, by surprise.
"I just got over playing and I didn't like [the state of] Utah," Albers said of his decision to leave the Utes, who joined the Pacific 12 Conference this season. "The football there was really good. It was a good football experience, but it just wasn't for me. Nothing against the school. The school was great. They treated the players well and did everything right.